The Sandy Hook Tragedy Didn’t End at Sandy Hook – You Can Help End It Now
We bring awareness to the cruelty and criminality of abusive activity that victims and their families are shockingly subjected to following violent mass tragedies like Sandy Hook. We refer to those who wittingly and publicly defame, harass, and emotionally abuse victims of high-profile mass tragedies as “hoaxers,” due to their irrational belief that these tragedies are government-staged hoaxes, and their victims are paid crisis actors.
Existing laws make it very difficult and costly to prosecute hoaxers, which only emboldens them to spread defamation and disinformation, as well as employ intrusive and threatening behavior with relative impunity. We are working toward affecting positive changes to existing laws as well as the creation of new legislation, so that society can hold these abusers personally accountable for their actions, providing much-needed relief to the victims and their families.
In the aftermath of horrific tragedies such as the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Orlando Pulse nightclub, Santa Barbara, the Aurora Theater, and even the Boston Marathon bombing, the “hoaxer” element of society (who ironically call themselves “truthers”) have seized on what they see as an opportunity to advance their conspiracy theorist mindset upon the masses by posting speculation and disinformation on internet blogs, social media sites, and YouTube. The core of their belief is that violent mass tragedies were simply staged events, perpetrated by the government to more easily limit civil liberties, especially those involving the second amendment.
Rather than focusing their irrational scrutiny and accusations on the authorities they believe to be responsible, hoaxers take the path of least resistance, harassing and emotionally abusing the victims’ family members online, on the telephone, and even in person (see Sandy Hook Denier Arrested After Death Threats Made to Parent of Victim). This practice allows them to feel as though they are advancing their views while staying safely away from the clutches of the authorities. Hoaxers take a cowardly and malicious approach to being heard, with little regard for those they harm in the process.
There is a critical social necessity to force hoaxers into alternative avenues to express these extreme and harmful ideas, which don’t directly impact victims’ family members or anyone else involved in the daily management of the tragedies. In many cases, emergency service workers and witnesses are not spared from the hoaxers’ hostility and harassment.